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Grads had the opportunity to travel to Berlin and Leipzig for gallery and museum tours.

In early September, students attended Professor Stefan Kürten’s exhibition HousesHomes at the Beck & Eggeling gallery

The first weekend in Düsseldorf our grads had the pleasure to attend an exhibition by their professor Kevin Wixted.

The first week our grads were in Düsseldorf they participated in the Kunstpunkte, a city wide open student event. Grads exhibited recent artwork with their two professors, Kevin Wixted and Stephanie McMahon. At the opening students met artists from Düsseldorf’s vibrant local art community.

Work exhibited by Grads:

Nina Yushan Lai

Isabel Monti

Siennie Lee

Madeleine Speicher Willis

Emma Barnes

One of the first exhibitions our grads visited in Düsseldorf was at the Kunsthalle.

The show was curated to welcome and celebrate Düsseldorf’s Japanese community, which is the largest in Germany.
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Artists: Takeoka Yūji, Nara Yoshitomo, Murase Kyōko, Andō Yukako, Kinoshita Ryō, Karin Sander, Nakahara Masao, Anca Muresan, Magdalena Jetelová and Arakawa Sōya
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curated by Gregor Jansen and Alicia Holthausen.

Jiha Moon (b. 1973) is from DaeGu, Korea and lives and works in Atlanta, GA. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Her works have been acquired by Asia Society, New York, NY, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, Smithsonian Institute, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC and The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA. She has had solo exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, GA, Taubman Museum, Roanoke, VA, the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, The Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN and Rhodes College, Clough-Hanson Gallery, Memphis, TN and James Gallery of CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY. She has been included in group shows at Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MI, the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA, Asia Society, New York, NY, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, White Columns, New York, NY, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA, and the Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC. She is recipient of prestigious Joan Mitchell foundation’s painter and sculptor’s award for 2011. Her mid-career survey exhibition, “Double Welcome: Most everyone’s mad here” organized by Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and Taubman Museum has toured more than 10 museum venues around the country until 2018. 

Moon’s gestural paintings, mixed media, ceramic sculpture and installation explore fluid identities and the global movement of people and their cultures. She says “I am a cartographer of cultures and an icon maker in my lucid worlds.” She is taking cues from wide ranges of history of Eastern and Western art, colors and designs from popular culture, Korean temple paintings and folk art, internet emoticons and icons, fruit stickers and labels of products from all over the place. She often teases and changes these lexicons so that they are hard to identify, yet stay in a familiar zone.

http://jihamoon.com

Congratulations to Jutta Haeckel, recipient of the Studienstiftung Kunstfonds grant from the Federal Republic of Germany!

Excited for our next visiting artist Vera Iliatova who will lecture on her work and have virtual studio visits with our grads!

http://monyarowegallery.com/artist.php?aID=8

We are excited to host Visiting Artist Mariana Garibay Raeke the next two weeks in Critique and Discussion. She will conduct a workshop with the grads on The Language of Making.

MARIANA GARIBAY RAEKE is a multidisciplinary artist working with a range of media that include drawing, painting, sculpture and photography.  Her work explores ideas of transformation through material explorations focused on process and color. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico and currently based in Brooklyn, Garibay Raeke holds a BFA from the California College of the Arts and an MFA from Yale University School of Art.  Her recent solo exhibitions include “closing the space between us”, The Chimney, Brooklyn; and “Every Number is One”, Transmitter, Brooklyn.  She has been an artist-in-residence at the Museum of Arts and Design, NY; Anderson Ranch Arts Center, CO; Casa Abierta, Mexico and most recently Pocoapoco, Oaxaca.  She was a founding member of Grupo < > (2015-2017) a collective focused on supporting and promoting the work of Latin-American women artists in New York and is a co-founder and editor of Asteroid and Asterism a digital publication of conversations with artists on the nature of making and matter.  Other recent projects include We Are What We Do, a fundraiser in support of immigrant rights.

The Language of Making Overview

This workshop explores the ways we communicate through our work, in conversation, and in writing. It is be based on collective dialogue grounded by presentations and written exercises. The focus is on questioning and strengthening the connections between who we are and what we do through mindful recognition and critical conversations. Aim at developing strategies to articulate intent in a way that is open and generative while examining the roles intuition, experience, personal history, contemporary issues, and acquired knowledge play in process.

Devan Shimoyama is a contemporary painter who lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA. He is an Assistant Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. He received a BFA from The Pennsylvania State University in Drawing/Painting in 2011 and a MFA from Yale University School of Art in Painting/Printmaking in 2014.